Last year two Silicon Valley tech “geniuses” purported that with the dawn of their new company, Bodega, actual bodegas as we know them will soon be obsolete. Well after that statement, the negative response to the company escalated. Quickly and angrily. (See article for hilarious memes.) While vending machines have proven to be successful in many areas, replacing community staples, especially in places New York, like bodegas, would be a next to impossible feat. Bodegas are essential to urban neighborhoods, selling nearly ANYTHING you need at ANYTIME, in ANY WAY you need it. I once bought two slices of white bread from my local bodega! No where else can you do such thing. It has less to do with the merchandise and more to do with relationships: between the people in the community and the bodega owners. I don’t think there’s room for improvement on a system like this that’s built on relationships. Perhaps it should have been less about improving a “bodega” experience and rather about expanding the idea of what vending machines can provide.